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Government pledges £401m for regional rail upgrades

Investment for the Transpennine route upgrade, increased freight capacity between the Port of Southampton and Midlands plus new stations at Exeter and Leeds

Mark Moran
26 May 2021
Design for rail station at White Rose on the Leeds to Dewsbury section of the main TransPennine rail route (West Yorkshire Combined Authority)
Design for rail station at White Rose on the Leeds to Dewsbury section of the main TransPennine rail route (West Yorkshire Combined Authority)

 

The UK government has announced that £400m will be spent on improving passenger and freight rail services across the North, Midlands and the South.

There will be an investment of £317m into the Transpennine route upgrade, which the Department for Transport (DfT) said will improve punctuality, reliability and connectivity for passengers between York, Leeds and Manchester.

The government has also committed £69m to increase freight capacity between the Port of Southampton and the...

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